2012 Third Quarter Releases

09-30-2012 § Leave a comment

Blu & Exile finally deliver their dope follow up to “Below The Heavens” (2007)

Lots of big retail releases dotted this part of the year, compared to earlier – which is nice actually because the year started very slowly for me in terms of projects I was looking forward to. I ended up listening to a lot of older releases, especially from 2011’s strong year but things are coming around in time for a good end-of-year list! I can’t vouch for every release listed here, I can honestly say I’ve been quite lazy in terms of listening to and buying new music this quarter.

Nas “Life is Good”

A great effort, minus a few tracks in the middle of the album. His 11th solo album, if you count “The Lost Tapes,” collection in 2002. I loved his previous collaboration album with Damian Marley, 2010’s “Distant Relatives.”

Blu & Exile “Give Me My Flowers …”

Blu & Exile’s follow up to their 2007 classic album “Below The Heavens,” originally released unmastered about a year ago & yanked offline, this is the re-release after it was finished. An amazing and soulful follow up, worth the wait for the high quality version.

Slaughterhouse “Welcome to our House”

Another I was real excited to buy, and I’ve loved it – some filler yes, and not the “same” Slaughterhouse but this is what fans hoped the release would be.

Skyzoo “Dreams vs Reality EP”

Additional tracks (& a free download) available here. Call it a prequel to his forthcoming album, “A Dream Deferred” which should be on my next list, with an October 2nd street date. I always pick up Skyzoo’s new albums, a dope and underappreciated artist.

DMX “Undisputed”

DMX latest album, his first since 2006 & it’s got pretty good reviews so far on iTunes.

Curren$y & Harry Fraud link up for the “Cigarette Boats EP” (free – 5 tracks). Curren$y is always good, free Curren$y is better!

Mello Music Group dropped two releases this quarter, everything they put out is alright by me. Substantial’s “Home Is Where The Art Is” & 7even Thirty’s album “Heaven’s Computer” – both available on their Bandcamp page for stream / purchase in addition to iTunes.

This Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music label joint “Cruel Summer” dropped, on iTunes or AmazonMP3, plus rumor there is a “Cruel Winter” album coming too … I was dissatisfied Common only makes one track and it features 6 other MCs.

Murs & Fashawn “This Generation” collaboration album, on iTunes or AmazonMP3 should be dope, I haven’t had a chance to check it yet.

Brother Ali “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color”

Brother Ali’s new album was on my anticipated list and it certainly has delivered based on initial impressions! An always dope and informed MC, Brother Ali has contributed another great effort to his thought-provoking catalog and right in time for the 2012 Presidential Election.

Lupe Fiasco’s sequel album “Food & Liquor 2” on iTunes or AmazonMP3. Lupe’s last album was half amazing and half filler, the reviews look a bit better on this one but I’m still skeptical.


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